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India and Asian Geopolitics

Release date: April 20, 2021
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Shivshankar Menon is a former Foreign Secretary of India and was National Security Advisor to pri... Read More

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Shivshankar Menon is a former Foreign Secretary of India and was National Security Advisor to prime minister Manmohan Singh. He is the author of Choices: Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy (Penguin, 2016).

Tracing India's approach to the shifting regional landscape since its independence in 1947 to the Modi era, Shivshankar Menon addresses the many questions, which perplex India as the nation seeks to find its way in the increasingly complex world of Asian geopolitics. From its leading role in the 'nonaligned' movement during the Cold War to its current status as a perceived counterweight to China, India often has been an after-thought for global leaders-until they realize how much they needed it.

Examining India's own policy choices throughout its history, Menon focuses in particular on its responses to the rise of China, as well as other regional powers. He also looks to the future and analyses how India's policies are likely to evolve in response to current and new challenges. As India gains new stature across the globe, both its domestic preoccupations and international choices become more significant.

Authoritative, comprehensive and deeply engaging, in India and Asian Geopolitics Menon makes a powerful geopolitical case for an India increasingly and positively engaged in Asia and the broader world in pursuit of a pluralistic, open, and inclusive world order.

The book is a must have for the students and scholars of international relations, India and Asian geopolitics, Indian history and political science. Besides, it will attract policymakers, diplomats, politicians and general readers.


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Menon builds a credible, chronological narrative of the transformation of India's foreign policy and maps its present-day challenges with prescriptions for its tasks in an impassioned way. While doing so, he emphatically emphasises the idea of a plural India - the country's key strength - and warns against prejudices masquerading as ideas as well as fear and polarisation.Shivshankar Menon's book is a complexly woven discourse on how India has seen itself, Asia and the great powers for the past 75 years. But this is no primer: Menon has spent his entire adult life studying China; he was ambassador there, as well as to Israel, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and was Foreign Secretary and National Security Advisor. This experience, combined with a wide reading of extant literature, makes for a cerebral and deeply rigorous treatment.Because the author had jobs which most IFS officers only fantasise about, it is not surprising that analysis in the book is born out of rich and varied experience...Yet, the more revealing pages of this book are those that convey his observations, rarely disclosed before, about politicians who ultimately decide the course of India's foreign policy. India and Asian Geopolitics is a compelling account of the way in which India and the rest of Asia have shaped each other. But in telling this story Menon also provides one of most brilliant accounts of the making of modern world order. The book is a marvel of unmatched historical erudition, strategic knowledge, scrupulous political judgement, and sparkling insight. This beautifully written book provides an indispensable framework for understanding Asia's past and future.A magisterial tour d'horizon locating Indian foreign policy within the larger Asian geopolitical landscape. There could be no raconteur of this fascinating but complex saga more qualified than Shivshankar Menon, one of India's finest diplomats and now a respected teacher of international relations. This is an immensely readable book that will stimulate young and curious minds even as it serves as an indispensable reference for scholars and general readers alike for years to come.India and Asian Geopolitics is a remarkable combination of long-range historical perspective and clear-eyed geopolitical analysis. It is also studded with insights from the long career of one of India's most distinguished diplomats. Shivshankar Menon has given us a rare book that is of interest both to professional historians and students of contemporary global affairs. As we ponder India's emerging role in a dramatically changing Asia, there can be no better guide than this lucid and incisive book.

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Title: India and Asian Geopolitics
SKU: BK0428329
EAN: 9780670091294
Binding: Hardcover
Release date: April 20, 2021

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